Features Region: Northeast

Michael Fralin — Somera Road Inc.

It’s a strategy that involves far more than one-note purchases, you could say about the business plan of New York-based Somera Road Inc. and it’s making some sweet music for its investors. It was an approach that began with Somera Road focusing on distressed commercial building loans and properties from the 2008 recession, then expanded […]

Michael Sanocki – Volant Trading

When overseeing compliance for a tech-centric financial firm—one with technology forward processes that have yet to be specifically addressed in the rulebooks—understanding the regulatory landscape is paramount. Luckily, Michael Sanocki has scaled that terrain many times before, having served in the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Chief Counsel’s Office at the U.S. Securities and […]

Salvo Vitale – US Wind

Out beyond the breakers, the 32 turbine towers will be sunk nearly 100 feet below the ocean floor and will rise above the water to the height of a 49-story building. The turbines and slow-spinning blades are part of the first Maryland Offshore Wind Project, built to power the state with renewable wind energy projected […]

Jacquie Katzel – PayPal

Sometimes to chase down a dream you have to pack your bags, hop on a plane and fly to a new opportunity. Jacquie Katzel is getting pretty good at that. From escaping political strife in Jamaica as a child—to finding sanctuary in Canada, the United States and the halls of Harvard—she’s found opportunity once again, […]

Debbie Walters-Francique – Pfizer

During her 19 years with global pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Debbie Walters-Francique has seen enough change to fill a Coinstar machine: shifts in medical technology; evolution within the company; heaving changes in the wider health care landscape. And she’s had the roles to show for it: from serving as global product counsel on a blockbuster product […]

Lynn Haaland – PepsiCo

Tired, hungry and soaking wet. Lynn Haaland felt it all, tromping in the mud for days along the Appalachian Trail, often in a driving rain. All she could think about was a hot meal, a shower and some dry clothes. For her it was just another challenging day on vacation. For thousands of homeless women […]

Kirk Berger – National Basketball Players Association

In the winter of 2016, representatives from the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) met regularly to hash out the league’s new collective bargaining agreement (CBA)—five years after contentious negotiations nearly derailed the 2011-12 season. This time, the two sides were determined to reach a deal. With billions of dollars […]

Ethan Weitzman – HIDTA

In the Washington, D.C., area, Ethan Weitzman, fights the war on drugs in his own backyard, but he’s not a cop or a first responder. A Baltimore native, he’s chief regulatory compliance officer and general counsel for the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, or HIDTA, which coordinates federal, state and local drug interdiction efforts […]

Julia Hanft – Speedcast Government

This is not likely the twilight of Julia Hanft’s legal career, but her shift into an advisory role at Speedcast Government is as close as she’s come to hitting a pause button in 30 years. Hanft is now legal counsel for the company that bought Globecomm Systems Inc. in February 2019, advising it on its […]

Antoinette Currie – Global Contact Services

It’s a simple, almost quaint, notion in an age of email barrages, obsessive phone checking and video and teleconferencing: face to face interaction. Yet Antoinette Currie makes a point to do this every day with her staff—and the general counsel and vice president of human resources for Global Contact Services, in turn, has the opportunity […]

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